SHOW: High Cheese
GROUP: The Tools of Ignorance
ATTENDED: 9/14, 8 p.m., Adobe Cafe
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “In 1983, Johnny Goodtimes played on the worst Little League baseball team ever assembled. Ever. Anywhere.”
WE THINK: Inspired by host Johnny Goodtimes’ 1983 Little League team, who went 0-15, High Cheese is a sketch show/love letter to baseball. Using a mix of live bits and videos, Goodtimes, along with local comics Chip Chantry and Carl Boccuti, skewered not only the Phillies, but the game itself.
One of the funniest bits was a video that followed Steve Bartman, the infamous Cubs fan who grabbed a live ball and (maybe) cost the team the 2003 NLCS, as he attempts to travel back in time and rectify this wrong. Unfortunately, he ends up being the cause of horrible tragedies throughout history, including the sinking of the Titanic and the murder of Julius Caesar.
As good as that was, the show was stolen by “Fastball Pitcher” Bob Gutierrez, a fictional middle reliever for the Cubs back in the mid-’80s, played by Secret Pants member Brian Craig. With an accent that mixed Chicago and a little Spanish, he explained what he’s been up to since his (very dim) glory days, which included being a door-to-door door salesman. He then fielded questions from the audience and from letters, one of which ended with Bob getting Miley Cyrus and Miles Davis confused.
Especially for sports fans, High Cheese is definitely a good time.
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